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Screen Rights to ‘The Chain’ Give Uber Driver 7 Figure Deal

The buzzworthy novel hasn’t even hit shelves yet, but Adrian McKinty’s The Chain already has an adaptation in the works: the screen rights have officially been acquired by Paramount Pictures.

 

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Although the novel’s release is still a few weeks out (July 9, 2019), The Chain has already received considerable praise with Kirkus Reviews calling it “[a]n unmissable thriller” and Publishers Weekly declaring that “[r]eaders won’t be able to put this thriller down.” Given how rarely books receive this kind of attention pre-publication, this would be a massive feat even if it weren’t for the massive amount of cash involved.

 

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Given the acclaim, it’s clear that the book is worthy of the hype, and it should be no surprise that McKinty’s novel joins the list of books that had their screen rights (film and/or TV rights) snatched up even before they hit shelves.

 

 

Do you find yourself asking “why this novel?” Well, just read this bloody awesome blurb and see for yourself:

 

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN.

 

It’s a story of a victim, a survivor, an abductor, a criminal, and odds are all those words could describe the same person. Who are the masterminds behind The Chain? Why are they playing this sick game?

The author is a master storyteller, evident in that the Irish writer has had 19 novels published. His debut novel Dead I Well May Be was short-listed for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2004 and, two years ago in 2017, his novel Rain Dogs won both the Edgar Award and the Barry Award.

Despite this success, McKinty wasn’t making money as a novelist. Deadline reports how despite the many accolades, McKinty, “[t]o pay his bills… did odd jobs from construction to picking up fares as an Uber driver. It wasn’t enough: He was evicted from his home because the book writing didn’t pay him a living wage.”

 

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During his time as an Uber driver, McKinty made contact with Don Winslow, internationally bestselling author of The Cartel and The Force, who put him in contact with Shane Salerno, infamous for writing the James Cameron Avatar sequels. Salerno told the struggling novelist to give it one last try.

 

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Now The Chain, which Winslaw calls “Jaws for parents,” is taking its place at the forefront of the literary community: “it belongs in the elite company of world-class thrillers like Gone Girl and The Silence of the Lambs.” The author’s struggles have made it all the more satisfying that this master work has been bought by Paramount executive Alex Jackson.

Surprisingly, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that “[w]hen his agent told him he was pitching The Chain to film studios, McKinty said he didn’t want to know about any potential deal until it was 99 per cent stitched up.”

 

 

Sadly, they also note that the seven-figure sum would only materialize if Paramount actually made the film. McKinty commented, “if nothing happens, so be it. But it’s really cool and I’m very excited.”

On a happier note, McKinty also said, “It’s Paramount. It’s The Godfather, it’s The Conversation, it’s Chinatown – all my favourite films,” so here’s hoping he will be adding to their filmography.

 

 

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Jaime Bell to Star in Short Story Adaptation ‘The Chain’

The trio who previously worked together on Donnybrook are now teaming up once again, this time for an adaptation of Tobias Wolff’s short story “The Chain”! How exciting!

 

According to Deadline, Jaime Bell and Margaret Qualley will be starring in director Tim Sutton’s  upcoming thriller, The Chain. Denise Gough (Colette) and Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Infinity War) are also rumored to have joined the feature adaptation.

 

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Tobias Wolff’s award-winning short story “The Chain” follows a story of a man’s daughter who is attacked by a dog, setting off a chain of events driven by vengeance. Jonathan Deckter, president and COO of Voltage Pictures, told Deadline: 

“The incomparable Tobias Wolff is one of my favorite authors and we’re even bigger fans of Jaime Bell since working with him on the powerful feature skin.”

 

 

Rumble Films’ David Lancaster (Whiplash, Nighcrawler, Eye in the Sky) and Stephanie Wilcox (Small Crimes, Donnybrook) will produce.

In case if you’re not familiar with Bell’s and Qualley’s catalog, and what other projects you might recognize them from: Bell recently starred in Skin, Sutton’s Donnybrook, AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies, Fantastic Four, and Snowpiercer, and upcoming projects are Rocketman, and The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. Qualley is best known for HBO’s series The Leftovers, and she starred in The Nice Guys, Netflix’s 10, and Donnybrook. She will be seen in FX’s mini series Fosse/Verdon starring with Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Click on here to listen to the audio version of The Chain, and immerse yourself into the story before it hit the screens! The Chain will begin production in April.

 

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